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Puglia: Heel of Italy from Lecce
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Puglia: Heel of Italy from Lecce
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Puglia: Heel of Italy from Lecce


Bike Tour: Puglia: Heel of Italy from Lecce - 6 days

The Apulia region of south-eastern Italy has quite a story to tell, having been in the hands of the Greeks, the Romans, the Ottomans, the Spaniards and other colourful peoples, each which have contributed to the region’s dialects, flavourful cuisine, and distinctive architecture. This is Italy’s best kept secret for outstanding cycling. From Otranto, crossroads of culture, to the enchanting white sand beaches near Gallipoli, enjoy superlative rides through sparsely inhabited ancient olive groves, Mediterranean Mache and invigorating coastal roads with views that make you fall in love.

Day 1: Arrival in Lecce
Day 2: Ride from Lecce to Gallipoli
Day 3: From Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca
Day 4: From Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto
Day 5: From Otranto to Lecce
Day 6: Arrivederci Lecce !

Day 1:    Arrival in Lecce

Arrive in the Baroque masterpiece of southern Italy: Lecce has a lovely historic centre (centro storico) where you can easily spend a day exploring its picturesque little lanes and discovering its treasure: the architecture and the Baroque churches. This lovely town will charm you with its attractive countryside, seashore and small towns close to it.


Day 2:     Ride from Lecce to Gallipoli
49 km

Today’s ride it’s you and nature. Pedal across flat countryside, an occasional olive tree, pine tree forests and sand dunes. The natural morphing of the scenery is spectacular, especially as this area is very sparely inhabited. Pass ancient seaside watch towers as you approach the medieval fishing town of Gallipoli, bursting with life.

Challenge: 4.5 hours, 49 km, 200m ascent, 140m descent


Day 3:     From Gallipoli to Santa Maria di Leuca
51 km

A coastal road takes you to the southernmost point of Puglia, which divides the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. But first, take a swim in the turquoise waters of paradise, at the Torre del Pizzo beach and lie upon the fine white sands. Then continue south to Santa Maria di Leuca, a magnificent village of fantastic beaches and wacky, wild, colourful mansions.

Challenge: 4.5 hours, 51 km, 200m ascent, 170m descent


Day 4:    From Santa Maria di Leuca to Otranto
51 km

Revel in the sea breezes as you ride along the high coastal route, winding your way along the gentle, undulating ridges of the cliffs. Phenomenal views will make you feel part of a National Geographic cycling special feature. Stop for a glimpse of the spectacular cave, the Grotta Zinzulusa, and then on to Otranto, a Greek-come-Roman port town, frequented by merchants and thrill seekers.

Challenge: 3 hours, 51.5 km, 520m ascent, 530m descent


Day 5:    From Otranto to Lecce
52 km

Today you visit the Alimini Lakes which run parallel to the sea. Cycle your way through the countryside of Greek Salento, where traces of the former colonies are still present in the dialect, cuisine and bright style of architecture. The whites shine against the euphoric blue of the sea. Arrive in Lecce, a brilliant city full of wonderful palaces and a treasure which will mesmerize you.

Challenge: 4.5 hours, 52.5 km, 120m ascent, 90m descent


Day 6:    Arrivederci Lecce !

The trip and our services end after breakfast. You may have booked extra nights in Lecce or a transfer to the airport.


Available on request


Front and rear lights included


Padlock included


1 rear bag, 1 phone holder and 1 odometer included


Repair kit included

Silence eRide 20 

  • Frame: Alloy Frame 700c / 6061 Alloy custom butted tubing integr
  • Motor: Yamaha PW motor 250W, 36V
  • Battery: Bosch Battery / internal cable routing / slanted Motor
  • Gears: SRAM NX1 11-Speed

Silence 30 

  • Frame: Silence Alloy / 700C / disc only 
  • Gears: Shimano Acera RD-T3000 8 Speed Black
  • Breaks: Shimano BR-M315 Disc


Practical info

5 nights included

3/4 Star Hotels

Breakfast included

Tourist information on all the places of interest


Bike rental available


7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport included

Lecce Train station

GPS-tracks available

Medical and luggage travel insurance

Arrival info

The nearest airports are in Bari (BRI) or in Brindisi (BDS).

Arrival in Lecce

From Bari (BRI) or Brindisi (BDS) airports, you need to reach the relative city stations. Train connections to Lecce are available from there.

On departure from Lecce you can take the direct train to reach both Bari or Brindisi train stations, where you find connections to the relative airports.

You can find more information about timetables and train tickets heretrenitalia.it

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